The community service committee would like to share an exciting opportunity that has come our way. Recently, we have learned about scent clothes which are used in hospitals across the country to comfort babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Scent Clothes are simply two small squares of flannel stitched together to form a little pad that the mother can place in her bra to absorb her scent. When she visits her infant she places the pad in the crib for her baby to smell. The sense of smell is one of the earliest senses to develop. Using the scent clothes can aid parents in bonding with their tiny infants during the challenging days, weeks or sometimes months these babies spend in the NICU.
Northside Hospital is excited for us to partner with their Hospital Auxiliary on this valuable project. They have an ongoing need which will be easy for us to fulfill. The hospital has 123 beds in their NICU and they would like to include the Scent Clothes in the welcome packets provided to each family whose baby stays in intensive care.
They are thrilled to have these items and are ready to start the project immediately. In order to build on their enthusiasm, we’d like to send the Northside NICU an initial batch of Scent Clothes this summer. We will be meeting with the volunteer coordinator at Northside soon and would like to take an initial donation with us at that time. If you have time to stitch up a few in the coming weeks please contact Janet or Kathy and we will arrange to get them from you. During the guild year, we will collect them at each meeting. Just drop off your scent clothes in the large baby gift bag at the meeting.
Please see the included directions for size and fabric requirements. It is important that we stick to the directions as the fabric, size, and washing all have been vetted and approved by Northside.
Thank you in advance for your support of this worthy project!
If you have any question or your guild would like to help please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org